45 Cars for 45 Years, the 2015 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition
Published February 16, 2015
I believe a happy birthday is in order as it is the Nissan GT-R’s 45th anniversary. The Nissan Skyline GT-R is an iconic super car standing its ground through the years as a force to not only be reckoned with but a symbol to also be respected as an automotive icon. So in light of this Nissan has released 45 45th Anniversary editions of the iconic GT-R in its most revered dress that its younger colleague, the 1969Nissan Skyline GT-R Type R35, used to boast, silica brass.
If I am honest about it, The GT-R was never one of the prettier super cars around when it was first conceived. It has this edgy, mean muscle car look that screams power, almost as if to say: “If you drive me like a pro you will know, because I will rip your head off your neck around the corners.” The GT-R has certainly come a far way in the looks department, however, still with its mean rugged exterior the 2015 model somehow looks more refined in its edginess as the design of the GT-R has changed and evolved over the years into what we have today. There has never been anything special about the interior of a GT-R and true to its word the anniversary edition is no exception. I am sure that many would disagree in this diverse multi-colored world in which we live but that is not the point. The GT-R is a car that was meant to be experienced not gawked at. Although that being said the exterior is certainly pleasing to look at and the interior is pleasant to be immersed in and the Bose sound system is truly magnificent to behold when beating at your eardrums with pristine bass and crystal clear treble. Apart from minor additions that no one cares about such as an exclusive model number plate in the engine compartment, the 45th anniversary edition is basically stock inside and out same as all 2015 Japan-spec GT-R’s, however the silica brass paint job is a really pleasant touch to honor the Lineage of the Godzilla that is Nissan’s GT-R.
Okay aesthetics aside, it is time to talk a little bit about the specs. Back in 1969 the GT-R boasted 160 horsepower a far cry from the 545 horsepower that can propel the 2015 model to an impressive top speed of 196 Mph. It’s 3.8L V6engine accelerates from 0-60 Mph in a face reconstructing 3 seconds flat. All combined to give the driver an experience of pure driving ecstasy.
There is a reason the Nissan GT-R is celebrating its 45th anniversary, when a truly magnificent model of car is made, it is remembered through the years cherished in poster form on adolescent walls and respected by owners with wax in one hand and a polishing cloth in the other. As 45 are being made a certain allure of exclusivity is certain to attract attention. People love being exclusive and Nissan surely knows this so releasing a virtually unchanged anniversary edition model could be nothing more than a sales gimmick. But does it really matter? This is a car for a Japanese admirer (as it will not be sold outside of Japan) to finally buy his own GT-R, and a special edition silica brass one at that, to admire while at the same time paying homage to where it all started back in 1969.
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